Following months of review and input from Creve Coeur residents, City staff and park stakeholders, the City Council adopted the Millennium Park Master Plan at the regular meeting on October 25, 2021.
The plan builds upon the general recommendations in the Creve Coeur Parks Master Plan that was adopted in 2019 and provides a more detailed outline for improvements to Millennium Park with updated cost estimates. The study was led by Planning Design Studio (PDS), a St. Louis area landscape architecture firm that specializes in park planning.
The planning process began in March with a park review and inventory study to assess the current conditions of the park and its facilities, followed by community engagement through virtual town hall meetings, survey work and stakeholder meetings. Participants in the public meetings and the survey ranked walking trails, nature trails and playground equipment as important park features to maintain or improve.
Public feedback helped shape the draft master plan that was then reviewed by the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Parks and Historic Preservation Committee prior to the plan’s final adoption in October.
The final master plan provides options for conceptual layouts of improvements that will create an improved visitor experience and reflect the desires of the Creve Coeur community.
Specific improvements and recommendations in the Millennium Park Master Plan that have been identified as high priority include:
- Playground improvements with equipment for all ages
- Paved nature trails through wooded areas
- New splash pad with fabric shade
- New pavilion/bandstand for informal events and performances
- Event patio and flower garden outside of Tappmeyer Homestead
- Renovation of the existing pavilion
- New wayfinding and interpretive signage
Implementation of the Millennium Park Master Plan is a long-term process and will be carried out in phases over multiple years. Funding for the proposed projects will come from the parks and stormwater fund.
Start to Finish: Developing the Millennium Park Master Plan
- March 2021: Planning Design Studio (PDS) and City staff complete initial evaluation of Millennium Park to assess its current condition.
- April 2021: PDS and City staff have first meeting with the Parks & Historic Preservation Committee. PDS hosts first virtual public meeting for community input.
- May 2021: Online community survey is open and receives 219 responses. PDS and City staff have second meeting with the Parks & Historic Preservation Committee.
- June 2021: PDS hosts second virtual public meeting for community input. The City Council holds first work session with the Parks & Historic Preservation Committee.
- August 2021: The City Council holds second work session with the Parks & Historic Preservation Committee.
- October 2021: Draft master plan is presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission. The City Council adopts the final Millennium Park Master Plan.
The full Millennium Park Master Plan is available online.